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The Woman in Green (1945)

Approved | | Drama, Mystery | 27 July 1945 (USA)
Sherlock Holmes investigates when young women around London turn up murdered, each with a finger severed. Scotland Yard suspects a madman, but Holmes believes the killings to be part of a diabolical plot.

Director:

Roy William Neill

Writers:

Bertram Millhauser (original screenplay), Arthur Conan Doyle (based on the characters created by) (as Sir Arthur Conan Doyle)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Basil Rathbone ... Holmes
Nigel Bruce ... Watson
Hillary Brooke ... Lydia
Henry Daniell ... Moriarty (as Moriarity)
Paul Cavanagh ... Fenwick
Matthew Boulton ... Inspector Gregson
Eve Amber Eve Amber ... Maude
Frederick Worlock ... Onslow (as Frederic Worlock)
Coulter Irwin Coulter Irwin ... Williams (as Tom Bryson)
Sally Shepherd Sally Shepherd ... Crandon
Mary Gordon ... Mrs. Hudson
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Storyline

Holmes and Watson investigate a series of bizarre and apparently unconnected murders, and the death of a possible suspect. The trail leads to a society of hypnotists and a mysterious, glamorous woman. The fiendish Dr James Moriarty, though reported hanged in Montevideo, is suspected of being involved. Written by Michael Crew <m.crew@bbcnc.org.uk>

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From Her LIPS - Poison That Bred MURDER! See more »

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Drama | Mystery

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 July 1945 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Invitation to Murder See more »

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Universal Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Henry Daniell, who plays Professor Moriarty in the film, had an earlier villainous role as William Easter in Sherlock Holmes in Washington (1943), and as an ally of Holmes, Anthony Lloyd, in Sherlock Holmes and the Voice of Terror (1942). See more »

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The bust of "Julius Caesar" which Holmes sets up as a target decoy for his would-be assassin is actually a bust of Julius Caesar's nephew and ultimate successor Augustus. See more »

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[first lines]
Inspector Gregson: [voiceover] I won't forget that morning, not if I live to be a hundred. I counted the men as they marched out of the Yard. They'd hardly slept for weeks. We at the CID had slept even less, for the nightmare that kept us awake was all the same nightmare. That's why we weren't surprised when the Commissioner asked us up to the conference room for a bit of a talk. He'd talk to us plenty, we knew that. But it didn't help any to know what was ahead of us.
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Crazy Credits

In the cast list at the end, Professor Moriarty's name is misspelled as professor Moriarity. See more »

Alternate Versions

Also available in computer-colorized version. See more »

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Edited into Who Dunit Theater: The Woman in Green (2015) See more »

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Very good entry in the Rathbone/Bruce series
20 March 2004 | by preppy-3See all my reviews

Sherlock Holmes (Basil Rathbone) and Dr. Watson (Nigel Bruce) step in to help Scotland Yard when a series of murders hits London. They're all women and their right forefingers are missing! It seems an evil, beautiful woman named Lydia (Hillary Brooke) and Prof. Moriarty (Henry Daniell) have something to do with it...

Very good entry in the series. It's well-done with some very inventive direction (for this series) from Roy William Neill--especially during the hypnotism scenes. Rathbone is good as always; Brooke is very beautiful and just great and Daniell seems rather subdued. Bruce once again plays Watson as a buffoon--but I blame the screenwriters more than him. And we don't have the annoying Inspector Lestrade in this one.

Worth catching.


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